(Denim and Pearls just loves her lead pony…just loves / All Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Editor’s Note:

It has begun. The final preps for the 150th running of the greatest race ever created — The Kentucky Derby.

This morning, our great friend and ally, Holly M. Smith, caught up and caught on camera some of the leading contenders for this year’s legendary and historic Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

Here’s her views today:

Gin Gin (KY Oaks):

Just a Touch (KY Derby):

Dornoch & Society Man (KY Derby):

Where’s My Ring (KY Oaks):

Encino (KY Derby):

Mystic Dan (KY Derby)

Tarifa (outside) and Gin Gin (KY Oaks)

Gin Gin (KY Oaks): 

Just a Touch (KY Derby):

Dornoch (Outside) and Society Man (KY Derby):

Into Champagne (KY Oaks):

Forever Young (JPN):

Tarifa (outside) & Gin Gine (KY Oaks):

Society Man (KY Derby): 

Dornoch (KY Derby):

Forever Young (JPN) (KY Derby): 

Just F Y I (Ky Oaks): 

Resilience: 

Cowboy Code (outside) & Social Affair: 

Thorpedo Anna: 

Idiotmatic: 

Blue Eyed George: 

Tom Van Berg’s Steed Checks In:

Lady Moscato (KY Oaks): 

Lady Moscato

Dornoch (KY Derby): 

Society Man: 

Saratoga Secret: 

Gin Gin (Ky Oaks): 

Suncroft: 

Everso Mischievous: 

Denim and Pearls (Ky Oaks)